Sophomore signal-caller who will be going through his first spring practice session... incumbent at quarterback who started each of the final seven games of the 2016 campaign... talented performer with a strong and accurate arm... after one season, ranks first on the Carolina list for career completion percentage at 65.8... comes from a football family... father, Bobby, is the Gamecocks' running backs coach and previously was a highly-successful high school coach at Byrnes (S.C.) High and at Presbyterian College... Jake's step-brother, Chas Dodd (Rutgers), and brother, Schuler Bentley (Old Dominion), both have started at quarterback in college.
2016: Started each of the final seven games after not playing in the first six contests of the season... was 4-3 as a starter... was 125-for-190 for 1,420 yards and nine touchdowns and just four interceptions... his 65.8 percent completion percentage ranks fourth in in Carolina history for a single-season... shared Steve Wadiak MVP honors with Deebo Samuel... made his debut as the starting quarterback against UMass... went 17-for-26 for 201 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Minutemen... became the fifth Gamecock true freshman to start at quarterback in the SEC era... won his first career start against an SEC opponent as the Gamecocks upset Tennessee... completed 15-of-20 passes against the Vols for 167 yards and two TDs... connected K.C. Crosby for a 35-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter that proved to be the game-winner against UT... improved to 3-0 as a starter and earned SEC Freshman of the Week accolades when he led the Gamecocks to a win over Missouri, going 22-for-28 for 254 yards and two touchdowns... connected on touchdown passes with Rico Dowdle and K.C. Crosby... his scoring connection with Crosby was the third straight game the two players combined for a touchdown... became the first Carolina true freshman quarterback to win his first three collegiate starts since Steve Taneyhill notched four-straight wins in 1992... went 18-for-33 for 213 yards in his first road start at Florida... improved to 4-1 as a starter in the Western Carolina win, completing 14-of-23 passes for 154 yards... carried the ball five times for 34 yards against WCU and caught a pass on a trick play for 12 yards... set career highs with 32 completions, 43 pass attempts and three touchdowns in the Birmingham Bowl against USF... set the school record for bowl games and Birmingham Bowl records for passes completed (32), yards passing (390) and total offense (381) in the ovetime loss to the Bulls... passed on his senior year of high school to enroll at South Carolina in the summer of 2016... joined Kansas safety Mike Lee as the only two FBS players who could have been playing prep football in 2016.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from high school following his junior season to enroll at South Carolina... threw for 2,834 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior in 2015, leading the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record... coached by Brian Blackmon... grew up in Duncan S.C. and attended Byrnes High School as a freshman before his family moved to Alabama... a four-star prospect... ranked as the No. 5 pro style quarterback by 247Sports...Scout considered him the No. 9 passer in the class of 2017... was the second-ranked quarterback and the 33rd-ranked player overall in the ESPN Junior 300... was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game.
PERSONAL: Jacob L. Bentley was born November 23, 1997... is the son of South Carolina assistant coach Bobby Bentley... has two older brothers who played quarterback in college, Chas at Rutgers and Shuler, at Old Dominion.